English Major

The study and practice of writing is one of most the time-honored traditions in education.

The English major brings innovation to tradition with cutting-edge courses. You'll gain sought-after career skills and life-enriching knowledge. An English major empowers you to be critical and adaptable in a changing world. Discover a career in writing, publishing, law, education, business, nonprofit organizations and more.

Why study English at the College of Charleston?

In this program, you'll learn skills that will help you succeed in the workplace and in life. With small class sizes, you'll enjoy the individualized attention from published faculty. You'll learn to research, analyze and critique texts. With four different tracks to choose from, you will have the freedom to tailor your English program to your interests and goals.

What will I learn?

You will study literature, film, composition, publishing and creative writing, but you will learn more than just content. English courses invite you to explore complex questions with no single solution. You'll learn to build effective arguments and communicate your ideas clearly and persuasivelyThis kind of work fosters skills in writing, research and critical thinking that are valued by employers in every field. That’s why English majors find success in such a wide variety of pursuits after graduation. 

Program Highlights

This program prioritizes critical thinking and creativity. You have the opportunity to tailor your coursework to meet your interests and goals. It's perfect for you if you are interested in creative writing, literature and film, writing, rhetoric, and publication or English education.
  • Hands-On Learning

    English majors sharpen their skills inside and outside of the classroom. You may work directly with faculty on independent study projects. You can give public readings, travel to archives and museums and present your research at academic conferences. You'll learn to apply the skills from these opportunities in a professional context.

  • Study Abroad

    The English department sponsors and co-sponsors study abroad programs in locations such as England, Ireland, Italy and Spain. Study literature, culture, history and communication in an international context.

  • Location

    Charleston is home to a thriving artistic community. Attend annual events like the Charleston Literary Festival, the Charleston Poetry Society, YALLFest and many other literary gatherings. Each year, Charleston hosts the Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto festivals, which are world-renowned art festivals.

    Study in Charleston and you'll become part of a vibrant community of readers, writers and creatives. You'll get to know fellow students at events in our student lounge and courtyard. You'll be able to plan cultural events of your own as a member of our student organizations.

Careers & Outcomes

The success of our alumni shows that English is a pragmatic major as well as a fulfilling one. Our students find careers in education, journalism, marketing, publishing, grant-writing and technical writing. Additionally, many of our students continue on to graduate school. Our recent majors have pursued professional interests in:
  • composition.
  • creative writing.
  • education.
  • literature.
  • business.
  • law.
  • information science.
  • medicine.

About the Minor

An English minor is perfect for students who value creativity, communication and critical thinking. Minor in English if you want to develop your research and writing skills. Deepen your understanding of culture. Learn how to respond to the changing world. It's an excellent add-on for any major. 

View Curriculum: English Minor